Sottozero (film di Gian Luigi Polidoro del 1987)

SOTTOZERO è un film diretto da Gian Luigi Polidoro nel 1987. Praticamente misconosciuto, vede protagonista un Jerry Calà in un’insolita interpretazione drammatica. Il suo personaggio, Luigi, vorrebbe comprare un bar ma un giorno, dopo aver subito un furto in casa, conosce un tizio che gli propone di trasferirsi in Norvegia per lavorare imbarcato in una petroliera fonte di elevato guadagno. Così accetta e parte per la Scandinavia dove però, non conoscendo lingue alternative all’italiano, trova difficoltà enormi ad adattarsi. La svolta quando conosce un connazionale, Antonio, con cui passa ad un’altra società petrolifera che gli raddoppia lo stipendio. Tuttavia Luigi non tiene il passo con la vita smodata dell’amico romano fatta di gioco d’azzardo, donne e alzata di gomito, ma ancora peggio scopre che a derubarlo fu proprio Antonio, rinvenendo tra i suoi effetti personali l’orologio d’oro di suo padre. E ancora rischia la vita a causa di un incidente, causa del suo rientro in Italia per riabbracciare la moglie Paola, guardando sereno al futuro.

Come si evince dalla trama, il film è una toccante storia sulle aspirazioni della vita che Calà rende possibili con il suo personaggio pronto ad emigrare, scelta che per decenni ha caratterizzato l’esistenza di innumerevoli italiani espatriati per mettere radici all’estero, imparare una nuova lingua e conoscere cultura e usanze nuove. Cose che attraverso un film penso aiutino a riflettere e perfino a prendere decisioni. Non si può non menzionare nel ruolo di Antonio, il compianto Angelo Infanti, interprete di varie pellicole di successo e non di rado scelto per impersonare un soggetto subdolo e dissoluto.

A parte una scena nel trevisano, il film fu realmente girato in Norvegia. Prodotto da Claudio Bonivento e sceneggiato da Rodolfo Sonego, un titolo che meriterebbe una rivalutazione quantomeno per i realistici eventi ben rappresentati.

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